Blended by Irish Whiskey maker Louise McGuane of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey, the Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition is a celebration of Irish and Kentucky whiskey traditions… or something like that. The whiskey itself is a blend of 4-11 yo Bourbon that was co-blended by Kentucky Owl’s John Rhea and the aforementioned Louise. An interesting take to have a guest blender, though far from the first “Irish-Bourbon” whiskey.
A few years ago I reviewed the John L. Sullivan Irish Bourbon, a brand that only lasted one year on the market because its label was not TTB compliant despite having passed through TTB approval (happens all the time). The Sullivan was a blend of Irish Single Malt and Bourbon and it was actually quite good. Which is exactly what I’m wondering about with this KO: is it any good?
Let’s get to drinkin’ and find out!
Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition – Details and Tasting Notes
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Style: Bourbon (Straight)
Region: Kentucky, USA
Blender/Bottler: Kentucky Owl
Mash Bill: At least 51% Corn + Rye + Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: 4+ years
Batch: St. Patrick’s Edition
Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition Price: $150*
“The Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition is a blend of Kentucky Straight Bourbons varying in age from 4 – 8 years old each coming in with their own unique flavor characteristics.” – Kentucky Owl
Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition Tasting Notes
Graham cracker, corn, vanilla, oak, toffee, baking spice and a touch of cocoa.
There’s something in there that’s almost a fruity sweetness, but not quite. An intriguing sweet note.
Caramel, oak, graham, cocoa, vanilla, baking spice and some leather with a bit of nuts.
This is one of the spicier Kentucky Owl bourbons I’ve tasted.
Med-long -> Baking spice, oak and some citrus pop in before fading to hazelnuts and vanilla.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Decent balance, medium body and a soft velvety feel.
Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition – Overall Thoughts and Score
As it opens the nose picks up a bit more oak and gets a bit darker, and sweeter, overall with the toffee note rising up a bit more. On the palate, the spice and oak slowly build till they’re the dominant character and the sweetness moves toward the back. After a while, the aroma and the palate diverge in the overall profile.
Not a bad bourbon at all. The most intriguing thing about the Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition are the spice notes that slowly grow as it opens. After a while, it almost becomes a spice bomb and that’s not something I’ve had in a bourbon in a while.
SCORE: 3.5/5 (tasty, worth checking out ~ B | 83-86)
*Disclosure: The bottle for this bourbon review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition Review